Macbook Unibody and Macbook air size...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Andrew K., May 20, 2009.

  1. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    So I was at Best Buy yesterday looking at the apple section and see the Air next to the unibody, well I pushed them together side by side and the height at the back of the air and the macbook were about the same, the air of course dips down but it doesn't look like much in person despite what their actual measurements are. Besides weight ( which is not heavy ), Is it really more beneficial to get the Air? I mean it looks very similar, yet the macbook has better overall specs ( I know the air has better screen quality ). Do you think Apple needs to revamp the air soon?
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    MB: 0.95" tall, 12.78" wide, 8.94" deep
    MBA: 0.17-0.76" tall, 12.8" wide, 8.94" deep

    Not a huge difference, but some people will pay for it.
     
  3. kindablue09 macrumors regular

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    Personally, I think that Apple definitely needs to revamp the air soon. For those of us that have to consider our budget before buying a computer, the air just seems like a ridiculous toy (yes, I know I just offended a bunch of people, but don't take it personally. I am referring to considering a purchase decision on my behalf, not yours :)).
    The lowest spec laptop on the line also happens to be one of the most expensive laptops on the line. True, the technology is expensive to produce at first, but it has been awhile since the initial air design was released; surely they could either drop the price or drastically improve the design/specs to match the price.

    As a side note, I can see the air as a huge success if it was priced for the average consumer (which is feasible, probably not likely though). Its light, sorta powerful, and has an actual screen, unlike netbooks.

    Air + Mini + ACD would rock.

    I suppose the iTablet thing will shift the dynamic of Apple's line up though...
    Plus a cheaper Air would impact mb sales...
     
  4. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    I never saw much point to the Air to begin with. Sure it's a pound and a half lighter than a MB, but that weight difference has to mean an awful lot to someone to pay that much extra and give up that much capability.
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    The MBA is a perfect example of paying for style at a cost of function.
     
  6. peepboon macrumors 6502

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    MBA is only good if it will be your second computer... oh, and if your rich enough to justify it, lol
     
  7. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    I would not buy a MBA. Now if I was given one would I take it? Yes and then I would sell it and buy a MBP (or MB if it is the low end one)
     
  8. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Try posting this in the MBA section, and your responses will be completely opposite.
     
  9. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    haha okay I'll give it a shot
     
  10. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Macbook Unibody and Macbook Air size...

    So I was at Best Buy yesterday looking at the apple section and see the Air next to the unibody, well I pushed them together side by side and the height at the back of the air and the macbook were about the same, the air of course dips down but it doesn't look like much in person despite what their actual measurements are. Besides weight ( which is not heavy ), Is it really more beneficial to get the Air? I mean it looks very similar, yet the macbook has better overall specs ( I know the air has better screen quality ). Do you think Apple needs to revamp the air soon?


    P.S I was told I'd get opposite the answers I got in the macbook from :D
     
  11. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Did you try comparing the Air and the Macbook together while they were closed? That's where you can easily tell the difference in terms of size, it's totally a no brainer. That's the beauty of the Air, it's light and thin when closed for easy portability and a full sized Macbook when opened.

    Oh yes, forgot to add the screen on the Air kicks the Macbooks a$$.
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    One thread is enough. Please do not cross-post.
     
  13. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Seeing different view points? I would like to know what Air users think too and not many of them come to the reg macbook threads.
     
  14. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    Of course, you will get a different answer. ;)

    The majority of the people who own the Air considered the Air and its compromises relative to the rest of the Apple line up with their particular use cases in mind and decided that the portability, etc outweighed the design limitations. I went back and forth between the MB and the MBA, and chose the Air. There are very times when I have regretted it. If your usage includes ripping CDs, watching DVDs, need gigabit ethernet connectivity, use more than 2G of RAM, or over 110GB of disk space and are not willing to compromise, then get the MB and roll the cost difference into upgrading the RAM and buying one of the new 256GB Corsair (Samsung rebrand) drives (if you were considering the high end model) or just buy the RAM and wait on the disk drive. If you value portability (above all) with reasonable performance envelope, get the MBA. Some people love to bash the Air, but generally their usage patterns or perceived needs do not align well with the design/feature set and seem to get off on belittling people who either are capable of adapting their usage or whose needs are met by the MBA. In the end, you only have one person to answer to. Do what works best for you ;)
     
  15. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanx for coming and answering, :) This thread wasn't meant to bash it , just to see how close these 2 products are coming ( design/features ) but I get what your saying, I almost got just for the screen quality ;) but went with the macbook, I'm really excited to see what/how they change it in the future.
     
  16. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    I understand it wasn't meant that way. This type of thread just seems to bring out the haters. This is not to say the MBA is perfect by any stretch of the imagination.

    For a large number of people, the MB just makes more sense (especially, now with unibody design being lighter and seemingly a bit more solidly built). Good luck with the MB and enjoy it.
     

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